The 2011 CIK-FIA Asia Pacific Championships will cumulate this weekend at Kartodromo de Coloane in Macau. Malaysian karting team RL Karting will be competing in this grand season finale, fielding leading race karters Bryan Homi Mehta and Dhruv Shivaji Mohite in the KF1 and KF3 categories respectively.
17-year-old Malaysian driver Mehta is the newly-crowned All Stars Karting 2011 Malaysian KF2 champion, while his 13-year-old team-mate Mohite from India recently finished overall third in the Junior Max category of the JK Tyre – FMSCI National Rotax Max Karting Championship 2011. Racing Birel karts powered by IAME engines, national Malaysian karting champion Mehta will be facing 17 top karters from around the world in the KF1 class as Indian rising star driver Mohite will see himself against 14 international world-class drivers in his KF3 class.
RL Karting team manager and mentor Aaron Lim, a professional racing driver from Malaysia, has spent the last week training with the boys in preparation for the upcoming race. “The boys have been training hard in Kuala Lumpur the past week and I’m confident they will do well. Bryan has just completed his major government examinations but is now focused on the race. The team is working hard for this season finale and we are ready to harvest some good results,” he said.
The intensive weekend begins with free practice on Thursday, non-qualifying practice on Friday, and then qualifying practice and the heats on Saturday. The last round of heats will take place on Sunday morning before the finals in the afternoon. The CIK-FIA Asia Pacific Championships is part of a prestigious calendar of karting races organised by the International Karting Commission, CIK-FIA, one of the sporting Commissions of world governing motorsport body Fe’de’ration Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
Bryan’s kart only arrived at around 10am yesterday so he missed two of the three 20-minute practice sessions.
He fixed up his kart in time for the third and last session of the day to run in his engine.
His kart looked a bit odd with no stickers, but it is all nicely ‘stickered’ up now – look out for more photos!
Dhruv on the other hand, went for all three practice sessions yesterday…
It is only his second time on the Macau track…
Here’s more information about both boys:
About Bryan Homi Mehta
A fun day out for Bryan Homi Mehta at the karting track when he was nine years old led to a developing racing career. He tried his hand at kart racing with a used kart the next year and admirably collected some podium finishes. Displaying impressive dedication to the sport, Mehta worked hard at his craft and won the Malaysian KKS (Kelab Kart Selangor) Cadet karting championship in his first full racing season in 2004. In his second full season, he made it a double when he clinched the 2005 Malaysian KKS Cadet title again, along with the Malaysian KBS (Kementrian Belia & Sukan) Cadet title.
Mehta firmly stamped his name on the local karting world with the 2006 Yamaha SL Cup Malaysia Cadet title and the 2007 Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia Junior title despite it being his first year in the Junior category. Re-affirming his talent and potential, Mehta’s success expanded into the regional stage when he won the 2008 Asian Karting Open Championship Junior title, along with the 2008 Yamaha SL Cup Malaysia Junior title. Since then, Mehta has progressed to higher levels of karting, competing in the All-Japan Karting Championship (KF2) in 2009 where he won Round 2.
2010 was focused on Mehta’s driver development, as he was exposed to world racing standards – he participated in Round 1 of the 2010 WSK Masters Series (KF2) in Siena, the 2010 World Karting Championship (KF2) and the 2010 All-Japan Karting Championship (SKF). Although Mehta has spent time away from home to gain valuable experience vital for his development, he remains competitive at the national level, winning the 2011 All Stars Karting championship (KF2). He also competed in the WSK Euro Series (KF1) with SuperWinForce.
About Dhruv Shivaji Mohite
Born to a former bike racer, it was no surprise that rising Indian karting star Dhruv Shivaji Mohite would have the racing spirit in him. Born in hometown Kolhapur, Dhruv used to play with small bikes at home since the age of three, but it was only at seven years old when his family noticed racing potential in Dhruv after observing him playing with an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) in the car park. His father and uncle then took him to a go-kart track to give karting a try and it was instant love at first drive. Once it was established that Mohite would go racing, his father built an international kart track for his son to hone his race craft at.
The Mohite junior took part in club races before embarking on his official full racing season in 2007 with the National Rotax Max Karting Championship (Micromax category) in India. In his debut year he finished overall second in the championship, then won the same series in 2008 and finished runner-up again in 2009.
In 2008, Mohite had his first taste racing outside of India when he participated in two rounds of the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC) in Macau and Thailand. He did some testing in Malaysia in 2009 before he progressed to the Junior category. 2010 saw Mohite racing in the Yamaha SL Cup in Malaysia, where he earned several podium finishes, as well as in the National Rotax Max Karting Championship (Junior Max category) back home.
For the 2011 season, Mohite continued to garner more exposure, racing in two rounds of the All Stars Karting Series in Malaysia, the Toyota All-Japan SL Cup in Japan and the CIK-FIA Asia Pacific KF3 Championship in Macau. At the national level, he finished a commendable third overall in the Junior Max category of the National Rotax Max Karting Championship. .
Come back here to find out these boys do this weekend..!